Walking can help you feel good, increase energy levels, reduce stress, improve sleep, help you manage your weight and generally improve health. It’s something that you can easily introduce into your everyday life – just start with a short stroll and try and gradually build on that. For those who are able to walk half a mile or more there are a number of walking groups in Cornwall that run walks at different levels led by trained walk leaders. They range from short works on hard flat surfaces to longer walks involving some gradients. It is a chance to get out, explore your area and meet new people. You can start slowly and build up gently.
Click below for the information for local walks which run by trained walk leaders. Contact the walk leader to find out more information.
And why not try this app developed by Public Health England. Evidence shows that walking briskly for just 10 minutes continuously also counts as exercise.
A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”.
Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.
It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!
Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#g3taHwqS4ZyrYI3q.99
Information on Helston First Steps walking group:
Information on Redruth First Steps walking group:
VisitCornwall have compiled a list of accessible places to visit in Cornwall. Their page is an information guide on accessibile Cornwall. Whatever your age, background or abilities and being less able doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy a visit to Cornwall any less. Look out for the downloadable guides in PDF format at the foot of this page.
Cornwall Life have a page on accessible Cornwall with some interesting links.
For a guide to accessible beaches these links have some good information:
Sand Chairs can be used in a range of outdoor environments including beaches. Sand chairs are available at over 12 beaches around Cornwall see:
South West Coast Path – accessible walks.
North Cliffs, Portreath – accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters
Godrevy Head – accessible to those with impaired mobility
Stepper Point, Padstow – suitable for mobility scooters
Penzance to Marazion – suitable for wheelchair users